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Fostering Internet Competition

Past Event

Fostering Internet Competition

The Internet is the dominant platform for communications, electronic commerce, and entrepreneurship, generating 4.1 percent of Gross Domestic Product and, in some countries, double that figure. By 2016, it is estimated that the digital economy will account for $4.2 trillion among G-20 nations, up from $2.3 trillion in 2010.

To meet the challenges of an ever-evolving Internet, it will be vital to maintain competitive practices that foster its continued growth and viability. New business models to fuel Internet competition – based on combinations of open or closed platforms, licensing agreements, partnerships and leveraging strategies – continue to emerge. This plethora of options across services, platforms, and business models must be evaluated to determine their potential effectiveness.

On October 10, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings (CTI) hosted an event exploring policies to maintain Internet competition. Moderated by Vice President and Director of Governance Studies and CTI Director Darrell West, a panel of experts discussed policy recommendations that encourage innovation without stifling competition.

You can follow the conversation on this event on Twitter using the hashtag #TechCTI.

Related Paper:
How to Maintain a Competitive Internet, by Darrell M. West and Elizabeth Valentini


Introduction and Moderator



Douglas Rushkoff

Author, Program or Be Programmed - Digital Literacy Advocate, Codecademy


Spencer Waller

Professor and Director, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies - Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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